The Natural Way to Draw - Kimon Nikolaïdes

The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nikolaïkes

"The awareness of unity must be first and must be continuous."



The book is (or perhaps was) one of the first books to be recommended to serious art students who were studying on their own. I can’t remember where it was recommended to me, some art forum I suspect. I was going to follow it word for word, but I quickly got impatient and instead was given an overview into creative process by a purist. You can scoff, but I think Nikolaïdes’s words are worth reading.

Each exercise directed it’s student to follow a set course, drawing for 3 hours and sometimes for 20 minutes several times a day, which I flagrantly disregarded. However, I liked the way he wrote about drawing and being an artist, and I found myself underlining words that lent themselves very well to the writing process as well.

Section one wanted us to put ourselves in the models shoes and observe life as it is. Look at life, not the paper!

Sometimes we get so caught up in craft and study that we forget that all of us, from non-fiction to fantasy, are seeking a kernel of truth to carry our conceit beyond the paper and into our reader’s hearts.

I wonder if anyone would make a video or essay based on this book… I’ll put it on my to-do list.

Pages: 221
Year: June 1st 1941
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Read: 10 Apr 2017 to 25 May 2017
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